What will Bill do if his wife is indicted?
Run, Joe, run
By PAUL BEDARD
Celebrated Clinton watcher Edward Klein reveals in a new book that the Obama White House sees Hillary Clinton faltering in the email scandal, possibly even facing federal charges, but President Obama is noncommittal on a pardon for his former top diplomat.
What's more, Obama aides are pushing Vice President Joe Biden to run, feeling that he is the best alternative to Clinton if her polls continue to plummet and more Americans find her untrustworthy.
Edward Klein's latest book.
Describing a White House scene between top advisor Valerie Jarrett, and Michelle and Barack Obama, Klein in his new "Unlikable: The Problem With Hillary" writes that Jarrett is leading the Biden effort.
"I'm trying to light a fire under Joe," writes Klein, quoting "sources who spoke to Jarrett" about the situation. "Joe's loyal. He'll listen to you and take your advice," Klein says Jarrett told Obama.
The book, from Regnery Publishing, said that the Obamas are obsessed with the Clintons and Hillary's email scandal, though they don't like the former first family.
In fact, Klein, a former New York Times editor, wrote that Obama told Jarrett, "I can't get behind that woman and I refuse to spend time with Bill."
There may be new reasons for the feud. On NBC, Clinton split with Obama on Syria and then said that she and Bill want to "take the White House back."
Klein's previous book describing an Obama-Clinton feud.
Past accounts of Clinton troubles uncovered by Klein have been denied by the Clinton team. He has written two other books on Hillary Clinton, "The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President," and "Blood Feud: The Clintons Vs. The Obamas."
In "Unlikable," out this week, Klein writes that Obama felt that Hillary Clinton was "dumb, dumb, dumb" for setting up a private email server in her New York home's basement. On pages 224-225:
"It's all her own fault," he [Obama] repeated over and over, according to sources who spoke to Jarrett. "Bill should have advised her better. He should have made her goddamn behave, follow the rules."
"There's nothing we can do now about any of this," Jarrett said. "It's going to be in the hands of the Justice Department. You can't be seen to interfere. It's gone way too far."
Barack plopped down in a chair and let out a sigh.
"Dumb, dumb, dumb," he said. "Just goddamned dumb."
"It's not dumb," she said. "It's arrogance. The Clintons think the rules don't apply to them. Bill's even said so in exactly those words."
Then, Klein adds, Jarrett raised the possibility of granting presidential pardon to Clinton if she ends up facing criminal charges for allegedly mishandling classified information.
"But Obama was non-committal on the subject of a presidential pardon," reports Klein.